In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has As our reading teaches us, our history is the story of a long night of injustice. In this marvelous book, acclaimed around the world, Alberto Manguel takes us on a A History of Reading is a brilliant reminder of why we cherish the act of. A history of reading by Alberto Manguel, , Viking edition, in English - 1st American ed.
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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book—that string of confused, alien ciphers—shivered into meaning, and at. The Last Page -- Reading Shadows -- The Silent Readers -- The Book of Memory Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the Borrow this book to access EPUB and PDF files. This is the beginning of Alberto Manguel's telling of 'A History of Reading', a book which I heartily recommend as a tour de force of writing -a wonderful and.
The traditional library was a citadel sacred to the notion of omniscience; the web, by contrast, is 'the emblem of our ambition of omnipresence', like a supermarket that boundlessly proliferates in space and deluges the planet with its tacky wares. Manguel is old, wise and sad enough to know that the future belongs to the users of the Kindle reading device and to oafish librarians who discard books as landfill after transferring their contents to disks or CD-Roms that may be illegible in a decade.
He therefore likens his own library to the coffin of native earth that Dracula carries with him from Transylvania to London.
It's a good joke, but it's unjust. Milton said that a great book was 'the precious lifeblood of a master spirit': literally an infusion or transfusion of life, not a portable grave in which the undead quietly slumber.
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Reading, as Manguel knows, is 'a ritual of rebirth', which both invigorates the reader and awakens old books to new life. He shows what he means by describing his dreams of a fluid subliminal library, a place where the hero of Kafka's The Castle sails off in a quest for the Holy Grail on the whaling vessel from Melville's Moby Dick, then after a shipwreck lands on an island where, like Crusoe, he reconstructs civilisation by consulting the three bibles he has salvaged from the wreck.
Books jump out of their jackets when Manguel opens them and dance in delight as they make contact with his ingenious, voluminous brain.
He is not the keeper of a silent cemetery, but a master of bibliographical revels.
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I finished the book with a sense of gratitude to have shared this journey through time in the company of a mind so lively, knowledgeable, and sympathetic. It is a history illuminated by an acute sensibility…. An unfailingly engaging work.
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Paperback —. download the Ebook: Add to Cart.It is a history illuminated by an acute sensibility…. Learning To Read, p.
Identifier historyofreading00mang. When all of them are read in a lump, in fact, they have a very dark effect.
From the invention of the reader to Pliny the Younger's first lip-synch in history; from the moment when Alexander the Great's conquering army watched, amazed, as their captain read a letter from his mother—but silently —to himself! The stories themselves, which compose the centre of the book, are very strange to a Western reader.
Books by Language. The visual is various, so the argument might go, and therefore writing should be unfettered.
Internet Archive Books. He shows us how our reading habits have developed over the centuries, and how, ever since humans first transcribed their thoughts and deeds on clay and papyrus, the act of reading is itself a part of being human.